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Only by the Flight: Kings of Leon sending first music NFT to outer space

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Kings of Leon are sending NFTs to a new frontier. The final frontier, in fact.

Earlier this year, the “Use Somebody” rockers made headlines when they offered their new album, When You See Yourself, as a non-fungible token, back when we had to Google what that meant. Now, as revealed by People, KoL is creating a new music NFT that will be the first one ever to go to outer space.

People reports that the NFT — which features the When You See Yourself song “Time in Disguise,” as well as original artwork and live performance footage of the track — will be sent up into the stars as part of Inspiration4, the first-ever space flight with an all-civilian crew. The mission, scheduled to launch September 15, aims to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The NFT will be uploaded onto an iPhone given to crew member Hayley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor who now works at St. Jude, who will then play the song while in orbit. It will then be auctioned off with a starting bid at $50,000 to further support St. Jude.

“It means so much to us to be a part of this historic moment,” Kings of Leon tell People. “When we wrote and recorded ‘Time in Disguise’ in the studio, we always thought it had a spacey feel to it and then the visuals from our live show have that vibe, as well.”

They add, “To now have that song and those images be a part of something as historic as this is really cool, and having it raise money for a cause we’ve always cared so much about, makes it even better.”

The auction winner will also get to meet KoL and attend an upcoming Los Angeles concert.

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